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    Royal Arch


    The hike is steep--a real workout, but the views are incredible. The trail starts near the Bluebell Shelter and goes up, passing the base of the Third Flatiron. Bears and mountain lions live in the area, so know what to do if you encounter one.

    Directions: from Chautauqua Park at 9th Street and Baseline Road, hike about a half mile uphill to Bluebell shelter, where the trail head for the arch begins. Distance to the arch from Bluebell shelter is 1.1 miles each way, with 900 feet of elevation gain.